• Date
  • 2014
  • Location
  • United States, Anaheim
  • Size
  • 5,757 m²
  • Sector
  • Transport
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Facades, Roofs
  • Architect
  • HOK International


The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) is an iconic gateway to a new era of transport options. ARTIC, the striking, arched transport hub that fulfils Orange County and the City of Anaheim’s vision to encourage the use of public transportation, simultaneously alleviating highway congestion.

ARTIC sits in a pedestrian zone in central Anaheim and supports area-wide public transport and regional travel connections of all types, from bikes to bus and rail. “Inspiration came from great transportation terminals like Grand Central Station but ARTIC is one of a kind and iconic in terms of its vaulted shape,” said Kazem Toossi, project architect and Senior Principal at HOK.

This busy thoroughfare, with its retail outlets and restaurants, is set to positively transform the travel experience for thousands of commuters each day. Two parabolic, operable glass walls at the north and south ends, together with the curved translucent Texlon® ETFE roof, engineered and installed by Vector Foiltec, open the building up to the benign Californian climate.

The Texlon® cladding incorporates a frit that allows for generous light transmission into the building, while maintaining optimal solar control and perfect ambient temperatures. LED lights were added to the steel upstands below the ETFE to accentuate the diamond shape of the panels, making ARTIC equally recognisable and iconic at night. The lightweight elegant dia-grid structure, with it diamond shaped panels meant that substantial savings could be made in the steel tonnage, which resulted in cost savings and environmental benefits. The design of the building was based on sustainability, efficiency, quality, and is the first LEED® platinum transit station in the world.


© John Linden